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CD2: Next week, former radio show host Jason Lewis will enter the GOP race for retiring Rep. John Kline’s seat by releasing an online video. Expect Lewis to rely on his large national audience for a very quick fundraising boost making him an immediate factor in the race. Last week, the Star Tribune’s Michael Brodkorb wrote about Lewis being buzzed about as a candidate. READ: http://strib.mn/1htZSFq
HOCKEY: Down 4-1 going into the third period the Minnesota Wild came back to beat Colorado last night 5-4.
SUNDAY: The Vikings don’t play this weekend, and it’s supposed to be 80 degrees Sunday so enjoy the weather.
COLORS: MPR has a map of fall colors for the weekend. SEE: http://bit.ly/1Ls8gNv
FRANKENDOESTRUMP: The Minnesota Business Partnership dinner is an anticipated gathering of business and public affairs leaders. Last night, the “Minnetopia” video produced by TD Richter was a classic. The video that stole the show however was Sen. Al Franken’s impression of GOP Presidential candidate Donald Trump. Complete with a “Make Minnesota Great Again” cap, Franken did nearly five minutes in Trump style. Video’s from the dinner are typically never released online, however Franken’s staff should post it promptly this morning on YouTube – it will be a hit, showing that Franken’s humor can lighten the mood of overly tense Washington.
TODAY: At 2:30pm Governor Mark Dayton will celebrate the expansion of Highway 14 from two lanes to four lanes near Owatonna…At 6:45pm, Governor Dayton will drop the puck at the Minnesota State Mavericks vs University of Nebraska Omaha hockey game at Minnesota State University Mankato. At 7:15pm, Governor Dayton will host the Governor’s Pheasant Opener Community Banquet. Governor Dayton will also meet with commissioners and staff throughout the day. These meetings are closed to the press.
TODAY: At 1:00pm, Lt. Governor Tina Smith and DNR Commissioner Tom Landwehr will tour Minneopa State Park and see the park’s new bison herd. At 3:00pm, Lt. Governor Smith will welcome guests to the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener 2015 …At 4:00pm, the Lt. Governor and the Nicollet Conservation Club will take a guided boat tour of Swan Lake, the largest prairie pothole marsh in the contiguous United States At 7:00pm, Lt. Governor Smith will provide remarks at the Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener Community Banquet.
MONDAY: Next Monday, 14 credit unions across the state of Minnesota will participate in an orchestrated day to spread kindness in communities….Credit unions are not-for-profit financial institutions that subscribe to the foundational philosophy of “People Helping People,” which is demonstrated by their cooperative structures, support of financial education, and active engagement within their communities. Around the state, nearly 1,000 credit union employees will dedicate more than 6,200 total volunteer hours to scatter kindness in their communities. Participating credit unions estimate that the collective efforts on this day will impact more than 18,000 people in 36 communities (along with an indeterminable amount of community members; food recipients from Feed My Starving Children; and law enforcement & military families across the country). READ: http://bit.ly/1L630zM INFOGRAPHIC: http://bit.ly/1OXKCPG (SPONSORED: Minnesota’s Credit Unions)
SENATE: via Brian Bakst at AP, VERBATIM: “As the new, $90 million Senate Office Building nears completion, senators are choosing their future offices. Early talk of Democratic and Republican senators occupying offices side-by-side in an attempt to tear down some partisan walls and foster collegiality has given way to familiar separation, with the majority and minority parties mostly keeping to their own floors. And the divisiveness over the decision to construct the building in the first place hasn't abated. HANN: Senate Minority Leader David Hann, R-Eden Prairie, said Thursday that his members aren't in a rush to move to a building they opposed and won't leave their existing space in a nearby office complex until demanded to do so by the Department of Administration…."We have not gotten any eviction notice if you will," Hann told The Associated Press. "Our members think our offices are just fine."…The Senate gets the keys to the three-story building behind the Capitol in January, but office furniture begins arriving next month. That's put some urgency on project planners to figure out who goes where. Three of the four offices with the most-sweeping views are already spoken for, claimed by senior Democrats. Other members have taken personal tours to size up space.” READ: http://apne.ws/1Ntkgoz
ADS: via Peter Passi of the Duluth News Tribune, VERBATIM: “Minnesota nonprofit group advocating for ranked-choice voting will start airing television commercials in the Duluth market today — the first TV spots for the group, which already has poured more than $70,000 into its Duluth campaign and continues to up the ante..Jeanne Massey, executive director of FairVote Minnesota, said the ads aren't tailored exclusively to Duluth, where voters in November are slated to decide whether to adopt ranked-choice voting for city elections. QUOTE: "They'll have their first roll-out in Duluth, but they certainly won't be used only in Duluth," she said of the television spots…Massey predicted the promos will prove a versatile tool to extoll the benefits of ranked-choice voting. "The ads were created generically. They can go anywhere," she said. READ: http://bit.ly/1PkIhgX
WATCH: Here is a link to the FairVote ads. AD1: http://bit.ly/1jfgt1A AD2: http://bit.ly/1L3swbf
2018: via Briana Bierschbach of MinnPost, VERBATIM: “Minnesotans have elected more female lieutenant governors than any other state, not to mention women to congressional seats and the U.S. Senate. Minnesota has the fourth highest number of women serving in its Legislature in the nation, and women have served in all of the state’s constitutional offices, save one — the governor’s office…An open seat in the governor’s office in 2018 could change that. Dayton is stepping down after two terms, and already more than a half-dozen women from both parties are being discussed as potential top-tier candidates. On the DFL side, that includes popular U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Attorney General Lori Swanson and state Rep. Erin Murphy. For Republicans, House Majority Leader Joyce Peppin, Rep. Jenifer Loon, and state Sens. Michelle Benson, Karin Housley and Julie Rosen all land on operatives’ lists of potential candidates.” READ: http://bit.ly/1P2TQKE
COLLEGE: via Christopher Magan of the Pioneer Press, VERBATIM: “State lawmakers heard nearly four hours of passionate testimony Thursday from educators, parents and students who fear a recent policy change could endanger Minnesota's two-decade history of high school students to taking college classes…They sent a clear message of support of dual enrollment courses to a joint session of the Minnesota House and Senate higher education and committees…Classes students take for dual credit are important to improving the academic outcomes of many types of students, supporters said. Minnesota needs help and flexibility in complying with the new rules…The Higher Learning Commission, which accredits nearly 1,000 colleges and universities in 19 states, recently updated education requirements for college professors. In June, the HLC board of trustees voted to require all college instructors hold a master's degree in the field they teach or a master's degree in another field and 18 credits in the field they teach by 2017…Minnesota educators worry the change could mean many instructors will no longer be qualified to teach dual credit high school classes. In 2014, 24,731 students took dual enrollment classes to earn college credits without leaving their high schools.” READ: http://bit.ly/1NtmZ1l
OPENNESS: via Kevin Duchschere of the Star Tribune, VERBATIM: “With St. Paul elections less than a month away, a group of community leaders frustrated by what they say is a lack of transparency at City Hall have formed a grass-roots committee urging candidates to support an open and responsive decision making process…Members of the nonpartisan group, called St. Paul STRONG, said Wednesday that rather than endorsing candidates themselves, they would ask candidates to endorse their principles. They will spread their message over the Internet and social media, they said. MANILLO: “The public is spoken to, but not listened to,” said downtown developer John Mannillo. “Decisions are made without the benefit of experience or good advice shared by communities. … Once the decisions are made, the details are kept even more secret.”…Among the group’s principles: Citizens should be able to participate in decision making, and decisions should be made after they have their say, not before; officials should respond to concerns in a timely fashion, without regard to party influence; and neighborhoods should have equal access to city amenities.” READ: http://strib.mn/1Mi3KSz
EXPENSES: via AP’s Brian Bakst, VERBATIM: “Travel expense claims submitted by a Democratic state senator and his wife were called "improper" Thursday by a court-appointed receiver examining the finances of a Minneapolis nonprofit group that was shut down last year…Roughly $3,400 in conference travel expenses paid to state Sen. Jeff Hayden and wife Theresa by Community Action of Minneapolis are flagged in a court document that receiver Michael Knight filed with a Ramsey County judge. Knight is tasked with trying to recoup hundreds of thousands of dollars for public agencies and other creditors…The expense payments coincide with travel to Community Action Partnership conferences in New York and San Francisco. Hayden has said he paid his own way, but the filing said Theresa's travel and lodging costs should have been disallowed because the organization restricted payments to board members who don't qualify as low-income. The report said the Haydens have refused to repay the money.” READ: http://strib.mn/1Ntjub8
BUSINESS TAKE: Daily Fluence Media publishes Business Take for insider news on Minnesota’s economy. SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/biztakemt
LEADERSHIP: via The Bailey Group, VERBATIM: “Organizational leaders typically utilize a transactional approach to managing; this diminishes their ability to adapt to rapidly changing market conditions. Instead, to function and succeed through ongoing change, leaders and managers must be prepared to think and operate in a transformational way. Join The Bailey Group’s Leigh Bailey as he moderates a lively discussion with CEOs about transformational leadership.” SIGNUPNOW: Friday, October 16, 2015, 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM, Saint Paul Chamber of Commerce – Xcel Energy Conference and Training Center, 401 Robert Street North, Saint Paul. Registration is free. READ: http://bit.ly/1NR5hVu (SPONSORED: The Bailey Group – CEO Advisors)
TODAY: via news release, VERBATIM: “Join Greater Mankato Growth and your fellow colleagues for lunch on October 8th with Narayana Kocherlakota, President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. This is a truly unique event to interact with one of the nation's most influential economic policy makers. President Kocherlakota will provide a keynote address on the basics of the Federal Reserve System, how the Fed fulfills its role in setting monetary policy and achieving economic goals and his thoughts on the state of the economy and forecast moving forward.” READ: http://bit.ly/1FZlmFT
TOMORROW: via news release, VERBATIM: “Minnesotan Penny George, Cleveland Clinic’sMark Hyman, and Georgetown Medical School’s Jim Gordon will share how they and other leading change agents are Transforming Medicine. The discussion will be facilitated by award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Krista Tippett. Presented by the Penny George Institute Foundation in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic and Center for Mind Body Medicine, the event will feature an introduction by Harvard Business School professor Bill George and take place at the Best Buy Theater at Northrup Auditorium on Oct. 9 inMinneapolis… Transforming Medicine will explore emerging trends, breakthroughs and perspective-shifts in whole-person health care, as well as influences likely to shape the space in the near future.” READ: http://bit.ly/1ZgkjrG
AFFORDABLE: via Yuqing Pan at Realtor.com, three Minnesota cities, Albert Lea (#3), Austin(#5), and New Ulm (#8) made the cut in the “Top 10 Affordable Small Towns Where You’d Actually Want to Live” VERBATIM: “Minnesota and Iowa, with three towns apiece in our ranking, look like good prime starting points for the soon-to-be-former-urban bargain hunter.” READ: http://bit.ly/1LnVyiK
FLEETFARM: via Renee Richardson of the Forum News Service, VERBATIM: “Mills Fleet Farm may have a new ownership later this year or early in 2016… Wednesday, Mills Fleet Farm confirmed it is in the process of looking at a large pool of business suitors to find the right one to take the company to the next level of growth for the future… The family company, which makes its headquarters in Brainerd, first started serving customers as Fleet Wholesale Supply in 1955 and now employs about 6,000 in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and North Dakota. The company's 36th store is currently under construction in Hermantown, Minn., near Duluth and will continue for a planned 2016 opening…Stewart Mills III said no final decisions have been made on what a transaction would be at this point, but it's more than likely the Mills family would be leaving the business with this transition. The Mills Automotive Group, with 12 franchises, is not part of this transaction. QUOTE: "We have several interested parties, but we are sorting through those interested parties to make sure they are the best fit for us organizationally and also the best fit for our employees," Mills said. "We care very much about our employees and we want to make sure whoever the new owners are they take very good care of them. (The employees) have taken very good care of us." READ: http://bit.ly/1VGf70N
OFFSALE: via Monitor St. Paul, VERBATIM: “Work to convert the former Midway SuperTarget Café space into an off-sale liquor store got underway in late September. The work is expected to take several weeks. With no comment, the St. Council on Sept. 2 unanimously approved an off-sale liquor license for the store at 1400 University Ave. The vote caps almost a year of debate and discussion in the Midway area. It allows Target Corporation to renovate the store’s current café area into a liquor store, with private entrance and its own business hours and employees.Union Park District Council (UPDC) hosted several community meetings on the off-sale license request. UPDC asked that the issue go to a legislative hearing officer for a public hearing, which was held this summer. Residents of neighborhoods around the store raised concerns about the potential litter and behavior problems another neighborhood liquor store would potentially bring. The strongest objections came from Big Top Liquors in Midway Center. Big Top representatives challenged how the city and Target officials defined the distance between the two stores. City officials decided that the off-sale liquor store will be a store within a store and that the distance should be measured from its doorway. Measuring from the west edge of the main store building would have meant not meeting the minimum one half-mile separation between stores required for St. Paul off-sale liquor license holders… Midway SuperTarget may not store intoxicating liquors outside of the licensed premises unless expressly permitted in writing by the Division of Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement of the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.” READ: http://bit.ly/1L8ELkG
SELFIESPOON: via Advertising Age, VERBATIM: “Advertising today is so much more than a great 30-second TV ad. When you are looking for a creative agency, you want to find one that goes above and beyond. Take, for example, what McCann did for General Mills' Cinnamon Toast Crunch. With selfie sticks so ubiquitous now, the agency created a "Selfie Spoon" for Instagramming pictures of eating cereal. While it might sound like a joke, the product was genuinely created as part of a campaign… The Selfie Spoon, which is available for a limited time, extends up to 30 inches, has a remote and a spoon on one end. The company is releasing 100 spoons per day (spoons are free, but there is a charge for shipping and handling). One day last month, the product sold out within two hours -- so there's clearly an appetite for cereal selfies.” WATCH: http://bit.ly/1FZm6L9
3D: via John Brownlee at Co.Design, VERBATIM: “If you've got a spare selfie around, you can now 3-D-print a scale model of your head thanks to a new technology by Adobe [in partnership with Stratasys] that converts 2-D photographs into 3-D models.” WATCH:http://bit.ly/1Mh1vTK MORE: via Stratasys on Youtube, "Experience the Adobe Photoshop-Stratasys 3D Printing Workflow"
AGTAKE: Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in partnership with the MN Agri-Growth Council, Fluence Media publishes Ag Take. SUBSCRIBE: http://bit.ly/AgTake
SOYBEANS: via Mark Dorenkamp at Brownsfield Ag News, VERBATIM: “A soybean agronomist at the University of Minnesota says overall the state had unbelievable luck this growing season. Seth Naeve tells Brownfield most crops had beneficial moisture beginning in the spring. “Across a lot of the state we had pretty good rainfall all the way through seed-filling, and then once we started thinking about heading to the fields (for harvest) the rain kind of stopped and things dried off. We’ve just had some unbelievable conditions for getting out and getting the crop harvested.” He says some areas did get dry late. “But even in those areas, they had pretty good growth a lot of the rest of the season. Even in some of the worst spots we had average yields.” Naeve says Minnesota is looking at significant yield increases this year.” LISTEN: http://bit.ly/1Meyqse
FFA: via media alert, VERBATIM: “Eight Minnesota FFA Members will convene with a total of 475 Delegates at the 87th National FFA Convention; current State Officers: President – PJ Aarsvold, - Plainview-Elgin-Millville; Vice President – Morgan Krause – Buffalo ; Secretary -Mariah Daninger- Forest Lake; Treasurer – Travis Troendle - Lanesboro; Reporter –Madison Taylor – Randolph, Sentinel – Sam Johnson – Glenville Emmons and additional delegates selected through an application process Region V President – Kayla Kutzke –Atwater Cosmos Grove City and Spencer Flood – Dassel Cokato.
The delegates begin deliberations and meetings prior to the convention beginning on Tuesday the 27th of October with special business sessions; and conclude the official business Saturdayafternoon with the announcement of the 2015-2016 National FFA Officers.”
4-H: via Jean Caspers-Simmet at AgriNews.com, VERBATIM: “Minnesota placed eighth in 4-H dairy cattle judging at the World Dairy Expo. Team members from the Winona County team areShawn Johnson, Jacob Hornberg, Derek Salwey and Caleb Speltz. Keith Brogan is the coach… Representing Iowa 4-H at expo was the Delaware County team of Nick Bagge, Kaleb Kruse, Matthew Lansing and Trent Westhoff.” READ: http://bit.ly/1Nnl91R
TRAINS: via David Shaffer and Eric Roper at Star Tribune, VERBATIM: “More Bakken oil trains are entering the Twin Cities via the western suburbs, a route that sends an increasing amount of the hazardous cargo through downtown Minneapolis. BNSF Railway, in reports filed with state officials, said the number of trains carrying at least 1 million gallons of crude oil is increasing through this rail corridor, starting with a modest gain in July followed by a larger bump in September. Now, 11 to 23 oil trains each week pass through the western suburbs of Wayzataand St. Louis Park on their way to Minneapolis, up from a nominal number a year ago, according to BNSF reports obtained by the Star Tribune. This route takes trains past Target Field, through the North Loop and across the Mississippi River at Nicollet Island. The oil trains are destined for eastern refineries. BNSF spokeswoman Amy McBeth said the rerouting of oil trains on the Willmar-to-Minneapolis corridor is a temporary change related to the company’s $326 million in capital projects in Minnesota this year. Upgrades are being made to rail lines across the state, but that work ends with winter’s arrival.” READ: http://strib.mn/1jcUE2E
BIRTHDAYS: Today is attorney Henry Helgen’s birthday, tomorrow’s big days include lobbyist Phil Stalboerger, connector Bobbi Dahlstrom, attorney Tina Syring-Petrocchi, Care Providers’ Patti Cullen, operative Tom Marver and Achieve Minneapolis CEO Pam Costain. Sunday’s celebrations include WCCO radio’s Craig Schroepfer, WCCO TV’s Joe Berglove, lobbyist Leia Simon, DFLer Will Blauvelt and WCCO producer Nikki Muelhlhausen